The Centre for Creative Arts, Cultures and Engagement (CREATURE) brings together interdisciplinary research in the creative arts, its practice, cultural impact and societal engagement.

CREATURE hosts a range of disciplines, including:

Cultural and creative industries
  • Cultural studies
Material and visual culture
  • Design history
  • Fashion studies
  • Visual studies
Practice-based/led research
  • Curation
  • Fashion and textile
  • Filmmaking
  • Material research
  • Photography
  • Public art
  • Visual art
Drawing on our School of Art, Architecture and Design’s tradition of cross-disciplinary studio practice and collaboration, CREATURE members are uniquely placed to study the changing nature of the creative arts with cultures of materials, new aesthetics, creative processes of making and theorising, and understanding of cultural and creative production in an evolving society. 
Through writing, practice, commission and consultancy, CREATURE members have taken the dual role as academic researchers and art/cultural practitioners with many involved in activism, curation, journalism and the cultural and creative industries on a national and international level. 

PhD students

We welcome new PhD students in any of our subject areas or specialisms. If you are interested in undertaking a PhD with us, please contact Prof. Wessie Ling and Dr Jacek Ludwig Scarso for an initial chat.

Working for CREATURE

Our centre recruits postgraduates as event assistants via our university Met Temps on a rolling basis. If you are interested in exploring these opportunities, please contact Prof. Wessie Ling and Dr Jacek Ludwig Scarso for an initial chat. 

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Banner Image: A Book of Burning Matches: Collecting Installation Art Documents, Nico de Oliveira. (2015) Photo credit: Franziska Nicolaus. 
Main Image: The Pecking Order at Tate Exchange, Dr Jacek Ludwig Scarso. (2019)